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Getting the most of your scanner

Whether you want to restore old family pictures or catalog your Favorite digital images, scanning is a great way to preserve your
Photos for years to come. Here are 10 tricks and techniques that will enable you to get the best scans possible.

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Most new scanners today feature one-button scanning capability that is adequate for most projects. From time to time, though, you may encounter a poor or unusual original, something for which the automatic settings on your scanner cannot make proper adjustments. In such cases, it is good to become familiar with the controls available to fine-tune your scanner, in order to get the best possible outcome.

Calibrate your scanner and monitor
Before you do any scanning, it is essential to calibrate your scanner and monitor to ensure they are seeing and displaying colors correctly and consistently. Most scanner software includes a tool to help you perform this task, including HP's PrecisionScan software, which ships with many models of HP scanners.

Before you start, make sure your monitor has been turned on for at least half an hour to stabilize the display. The room lighting should be set to the level you will be using when you scan. The Calibration tool will present a dialog box and a pair of sample images: When the images match identically you will have completed the calibration. You may have to adjust the brightness and contrast controls on your monitor for correct settings.

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